Visual attention and visual working memory are two of the core resources that support visual perception. Foundational research has demonstrated that these resources are highly limited, but an active debate concerns exactly how they are limited. While many classic studies suggested that these resources are fundamentally discrete, with fixed capacity of 3–4 objects maximum, a number of recent studies have argued that these resources are fundamentally continuous, with no fixed upper-bound to the number of objects that can be attended or remembered. This entry reviews the state of this debate, and shows how convergence between these (often separate) areas of research is a major emerging trend in the field of visual cognition.
|Title of host publication
|Emerging Trends in the Social and Behavioral Sciences
|Subtitle of host publication
|An Interdisciplinary, Searchable, and Linkable Resource
|Robert A Scott, Marlis C Buchmann
|John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
|Published - 2015